This morning, Thursday, Aug. 22, Good Morning America reports Egypt could be facing the threat of more violence. Hosni Mubarak was released from prison today after little more than two years since his removal from office and conviction in 2011. The U.S. fears his release could reignite the rioting responsible for the deaths of more than 1,000 people over the past week.
Currently, Mubarak is in the hospital, taken there directly from his prison cell. According to Al-Ahram, a state-run media outlet in Egypt, the 85-year-old Mubarak has been issued a decree by the Egyptian military to be placed under house arrest following his release from the hospital. He is to remain under house arrest while awaiting a retrial for inciting violence against protesters in the 2011 uprising, for which he had been charged, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison.
The former Egyptian leader’s release by the new military regime could potentially take the country closer to the edge of civil war than it has been during the current crisis. New fears emerge, concern that there might be more deadly violence and even more turmoil erupting throughout the region. However, Al Jazeera writes that Mubarak’s release was “met with indifference from many Egyptians, who are more focused on the country's recent political crisis and last week's massacre of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.”
In February 2011, the Arab Spring — mass protests by the Egyptian people — forced Mubarak out of office, sending him to prison charged with corruption and inciting violence against his people. Egypt’s former authoritarian ruler ousted by popular protest has now been released, yet his democratically-elected successor remains in custody, over which the people of Egypt lead by the Muslim Brotherhood are already in unrest. Now, with the military where Mubarak was once a general back in power, the court is allowing him to return home.